From January 31st until February 3rd, 2013, the fortieth edition of the FIBD (the International Comics Festival) will be held in the city of Angoulême, France. And judging from the Avant-Programme, which was released last week, it promises to be a bumper edition.
The main exhibition of the festival, will, of course, be dedicated to the work of Jean-Claude Dénis, the winner of this year’s Grand Prix. The show will give an overview of his evolution as a cartoonist, his favorite character Luc Leroi and his love for music. A second big exhibition will showcase the work of Albert Uderzo, one of the two creators of seminal comic hit Astérix Le Gaulois. The show will not be limited to Astérix, though, but also highlight Uderzo’s other work, like Oumpah-Pah, Tanguy Et Laverdure and others.
Other exhibitions will be focusing on the work of Swiss creator Andréas, going from Rork to Capricorne and Arq, on the many creators behind the comic adventures of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and on Didier Comès. Belgian trailblazer Brecht Evens will curate an exhibition with work and installations by creators she relates to, and a final exhibition will spotlight the character of Judge Bao, the symbol of justice in the Chinese world.
It will be ten years since a special exhibition at the 1993 festival brought Korean comics to the attention of the attendees, and this year manhwa will again be present, with a second show and interviews with creators. Doubtless more details will be released between now and the end of January. To keep up to date with new developments, keep an eye on the FIBD website.